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I've heard it claimed that Satan was the worship leader for God's choir. I cannot find any scripture in the Bible that mentions Satan was in worship in heaven and was closest to God. What is the Biblical basis for this belief?

marked as duplicate by bruised reed, DJClayworth, Mr. Bultitude, fredsbend, Dick Harfield Jul 9 '15 at 21:11

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  • If that doesn't answer your question, please add more details so we can best know how to help. – Mr. Bultitude Jul 9 '15 at 17:03
  • I've heard the claim before in evangelical, non-denominational churches. Biblical basis is on-topic. Previous version of this question was a verse id, off-topic. That's why I edited this question. – fredsbend Jul 9 '15 at 17:43
  • @fredsbend Meh, the linked question already asked for the Biblical basis, and "evangelical non-denominational" often (though not always) stands for "Pentecostal without wanting to be called such." I think these are definitely the same question, but the other one could be edited to remove the explicit request for a Pentecostal perspective. – Mr. Bultitude Jul 9 '15 at 18:54
  • @Mr.Beatitude I have actually not looked at the other linked question. I didn't realize it was marked as a duplicate. I just though it was a verse identification question. – fredsbend Jul 9 '15 at 19:04
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Based on Satan was a cherubim, then yes.

GotQuestions

Cherubim/cherubs are angelic beings involved in the worship and praise of God.

Who is Satan?

Satan comes from Judaism; "Satan" is from the Hebrew word for "adversary." Satan was existed in the traditions of Judaism as the heavenly prosecutor in what Christians call the Old Testament long before the incarnation of the logos aka the birth of Jesus.

Job 1:6 NIV

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.

Satan's origins are hinted at here:

Ezekiel 28:16 NIV

Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.

Power the cherubim

Isaiah 37:16 NIV

Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

Here is a popular depiction of the order from Matthaeus (Matthäus) Merian the elder (1593-1650). Cherubim

Relationship to music

Ezekiel 28:13 hints to his relationship to music (see pipes and timbrels)

Ezekiel 28:13 KJV

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

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This is entirely possible, as there are many allusions to the angels and saints in heaven engaging in a divine liturgy, particularly throughout Revelation. They are described as continually serving God in a variety of ways. This is based on the description of Lucifer as a cherubim, which are associated with the altar and the Ark in many passages, as well as the description of Lucifer as the fallen one in Isaiah 14.

It is also important to note that worship can also refer to more than music or praise only. The name Lucifer means "light-bearer", and this may very well refer to his specific role in the worship liturgy, rather than only a description of him in terms of personal attributes. As a similar example, in many liturgies practiced today there is a role of Thurifer, which describes the role of the incense bearer (it seems reasonable that a church might not want to call someone that brings candles or light the "Lucifer", given the associations with that name).

  • Nice answer. Please develop it into an acceptable answer by providing references. You make some very interesting points. – The Freemason Jul 9 '15 at 18:54
  • @TheFreemason Thanks - since there are numerous references to the roles of Cherubim and Seraphim, I will take a look and find some that are representative. Another answer has already referenced IS 28, and I have referenced IS 14 as well. If helpful, I can post links as well. – JAGAnalyst Jul 9 '15 at 19:02

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